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About the Author

Russ is British and a professional writer, English teacher, sailor, and scuba diving instructor. He has a BA in English Language (1st Class Honours).

Duangta is Thai and an English teacher at a Thai state school. She has a BA in English Language and an M. Ed. in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language).

Quest is their series on learning Thai; and, Learning Thai, Your Great Adventure is the first book in that series.


Other books in the series are:

  • Volume 2 - Learn Thai Alphabet with Memory Aids to Your Great Adventure
  • Volume 3 - The Perfect Thai Phrasebook
  • Volume 4 - How to Read Thai

  • In addition, they have also created two Articulate Storyline applications to provide interactive learning of two areas of the Thai language:

    1. The Learn Thai Alphabet web and iPad application: an app to teach you the Thai alphabet. It is web-based and works on the pc, Mac and iPad (2+), and Android (coming soon).
    2. The Learn Thai Numbers web and iPad app. Also available on the pc, Mac, and iPad(2+), it will also soon be available on Android.

    Both the apps and books are available from http://www.learnthaialphabet.com.

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    Product Details

    • Paperback: 180 pages
    • Publisher: russ crowley (March 2, 2011)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1908203005
    • ISBN-13: 978-1908203007
    • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,926,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thu Nguyen on July 27, 2012
    Format: Paperback
    Learning Thai, Your Great Adventure by Russ Crowley & Duangta Wanthong Mondi

    Most Westerners start off learning the English language by breaking down the ABC's. There are 5 vowels and sometimes a Y, but those technicalities are lost in translation as we get older since the transition towards speaking becomes more and reading less.

    So when I picked up this book by Russ and Duangta to see what the adventure inside was about, I was surprised to find that the Thai language is in fact a series of 44 consonants and 32 vowels! They don't have alphabets, that's the alphabet itself.

    From there I had to say goodbye to those Roman letters and look instead at the variances in tones from mid, low, high, falling and rising pitches. This consequently explains the Thai characters too.

    Greatly, Russ and Duangta were able to provide very good tips, hacks and even simple tricks to help me better understand how the Thai language works from this perspective. It's not an easy task and they were consistent with this theme throughout the book from speaking, reading and finally towards the writing.

    What really stood out for me as the most helpful section though were the stories of the 44 consonants. That's where you can see clearly how the language is rightfully used. So with their simple reading system to help you recognize Thai's characters, you can practice speaking correctly.

    Additionally, the authors themselves have a website building up further the concepts in the book. Duangta has posts with video lessons and Russ references other sources regularly to help you further improve your experience.

    For the beginner, this book is great. It will help you get started in the right direction with the Thai language. You're not going to be dumbfounded with a lot of technical jargon which was a selling point for me. Instead what you'll find is a general overview of the language of the Land of Smiles as the Thai people are known for.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ysolde on July 25, 2014
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    This is not a traditional textbook but rather provides additional depth and breadth that is missing from a standard introductory textbook like Thai for Beginners by Benjawan Poomsan Becker. The organization of the Thai alphabet is incredibly complex, so there's no way around that if you want to learn to read and write Thai as well as to speak and understand what people say to you. An additional layer of complexity comes from the fact that Thai children are taught the alphabet with the system described in this book (the first consonant sounds like "Gai" for chicken, the second letter sounds like "Kai" for egg, etc). Because foreigners don't already have the vocabulary you need to follow that system, then you have to add learning those reference words on top of everything else. But you shouldn't skip trying to learn the system of reference words for each consonant, because then you couldn't ask people how to spell things, Thais use those words to distinguish among the 6 letters that all sound like "k" or the 5 letters that sound like "d" etc. On top of an alphabet that includes 6 letters that all sound like K and many letters that have almost identical written forms but sound different, the system of reference words is disorienting to foreigners because some of them refer to objects that don't exist in the West (e.g., ceremonial headdress, etc) This book together with the Memory Aids to Your Great Adventure allow foreigners studying Thai to navigate all that complexity more quickly and confidently, but they aren't designed to be textbooks teaching "Hello, my name is.." kind of basics.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary on July 27, 2011
    Format: Paperback
    The Thai language is a lot of fun to learn, and this book is certainly
    a pleasant and user-friendly introduction. The grammar isn't too complex.
    It's great for quickly building your vocabulary and getting simple phrases down. It's not really designed to just learn a few phrases that you might use on a short
    vacation. It's for people that are serious about learning Thai, which is what i love most. With this book, you have the tools and opportunity to really learn Thai.

    The book is greatly appropriate for someone who wants chapter by chapter break down
    of speaking,writing and reading. It has good bones for beginning Thai,
    great little knowledge extras that I don't see in enough books

    Still, what it does it does very well, which is to provide a foundation
    for someone completely new to the language to develop skill in speaking and writing.
    This course offers instruction in speaking, grammar, and writing. Each
    lesson gives you the right amount of information to keep you challenged, but not overwhelmed.

    The great thing that the author does is really focus on the Thai Alphabet. I noticed
    in many books I have passed through, there is not enough focus on the consonant or
    how the vowels worked. The way the author breaks it down makes it very easy to
    process and gain understanding. Great book!! Greatly recommended.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George S. on July 2, 2015
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    When I was shopping for a Thai language instruction book, I was dissapointed by how few choices were available. This one seemed like my best bet, and without a lot of confidence, I went ahead and purchased.

    I'm so glad that I took the chance on this book - compared to most language instruction books I've owned, this book approaches the course material with a clear strategy and in an organized manner. The author obviously wrote the book with an eye not just to present the material, but to do so in a manner that actually made it easier to learn. There are several color-coded charts that help with learning the alphabet (which is tough) and many sections contain what I would describe as 'tools' to assist with learning.

    If you want a casual phrasebook, this is probably not the best choice. However, if you are actually looking to learn how to read, write and speak Thai at a more advanced level, this is a great place to start. I plan on buying the next books in the series.
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